WVU Golf: Mountaineers to Cap Fall at Quail Valley
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Oct. 23, 2016) – The West Virginia University golf team heads south for its final fall tournament of the year as the Mountaineers travel to Vero Beach, Florida, for the Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational at the Quail Valley Golf and River Club on Monday and Tuesday.
WVU will be one of 14 teams competing in the event, hosted by McNeese State. Thirteen of the programs in attendance, including the No. 96 Mountaineers and host No. 87 Cowboys, rank inside Golfstat’s Top 100. No. 30 Kansas, No. 22 Liberty, No. 38 Arkansas, No. 54 North Texas, No. 61 Middle Tennessee, No. 51 Jacksonville, No. 57 Ohio State, No. 75 Mississippi State, No. 37 North Florida, No. 77 Indiana and No. 93 Notre Dame are also in the field and will be joined by No. 129 Memphis.
Teams will tee off at 8:30 a.m. in a shotgun start at the par-72, 7,350-yard course. Golfers will play 36 continuous holes on Monday before returning to the links for the final 18 holes on Tuesday. The Mountaineers are paired with Notre Dame and Memphis for the first two rounds.
Alan Cooke, Etienne Papineau, Tristan Nicholls, Chris Williams and Max Sear will compete for WVU. It marks the third time this season head coach Sean Covich has used that starting lineup. The five Mountaineers finished nine over par to open the season at The Invitational at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, South Carolina, on Sept. 12-13. They were also schedule to play at the Primland Collegiate Invitational on Sept. 26-27, though the event was canceled due to weather conditions.
Cooke and Papineau are each coming off a top-20 finish at the Mountaineer Intercollegiate at Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport on Oct. 11-12. Cooke posted back-to-back rounds under par in tying for ninth place, while Papineau tied for 15th to post his second consecutive top-20 finish.
Cooke leads the team with a 71.71 stroke average, followed by Papineau (72.13) and Sear (72.25). Sear has played in a trio of tournaments this season with a 72.25 scoring average. He boasts a pair of top-20 finishes this season, including a season-best seventh-place finish at the VCU Janney Shootout.
Nicholls is playing in his third tournament as a member of the scoring squad and his fourth even overall. He finished tied for 29th as an individual at the Mountaineer Intercollegiate and carries a 74.13 stroke average. Williams will play in his third event, bringing a scoring average of 76.16.
Live scoring can be found via Golfstat.com.
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